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Above-average temperatures continue in Jamestown

Calm water of the James River reflects a tribute to the American flag near Nickeus Park in Jamestown. Mild temperatures and calm conditions produced better-than-normal conditions for November. Keith Norman / The Sun

Clear skies, sunshine and green grass are out of the ordinary sites in North Dakota in November. But the state, including Jamestown, continues to experience above-average temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Ken Simosko with the National Weather Service in Bismarck said although Jamestown's high November temperatures aren't breaking the record, they are about 20 degrees above average. Simosko said the record-high temperature for today is 73 degrees and the normal average temperature is 45 degrees.

The National Weather Service forecasts a warm weekend, with a high of 69 degrees on Saturday and a mostly sunny Sunday with a high of 65 degrees.

Many residents are enjoying the sunshine and higher temperatures before the regular cold returns.

"I like it because by now we're usually buried in snow," said Chris Thu, a Jamestown resident. "I'm enjoying it whenever I can. I wouldn't be opposed to it staying."

Next week the temperature will be lower, but still remain above average in the 50s, Simosko said.

He said the temperatures will move toward the normal high at the end of November, about 30 degrees, but for the next 10 to 14 days, there won't be much change.

"It's an extension of nice fall weather," Simosko said. "You know it's going to change, so try to take advantage of it."

Jamestown native Donna Schmidt said she can't remember a time when she's seen the weather so nice at this time of year.

"It's just beautiful," Schmidt said.

Simosko said there has also been less precipitation than usual. Jamestown got 1.15 inches of precipitation in October, less than the monthly average of 1.55 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The average precipitation for November is 0.63 inch, and Jamestown has gotten no precipitation so far this month.

"The question is when is it going to break?" Simosko said. "Possibly around the end of the month with lower temperatures around Thanksgiving."

Jamestown resident Teri Meadows is already thinking about winter.

"It'd be nice if it could stay this nice, but we know that's not going to happen," Meadows said.

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